"FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff Stepping Down"
"Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Jon Wellinghoff, who oversaw a broad expansion of the regulator’s oversight of the electric grid and several probes into improper trading tactics by Wall Street banks, will depart his post."
"FERC has a broad set of regulatory powers over interstate power and natural gas lines, energy markets, and hydropower facilities, and Wellinghoff, a Democrat, rankled some Republican lawmakers for rebuffing requests that the agency conduct more analyses on whether EPA air regulations might threaten the reliability of the power grid.
Wellinghoff also shepherded the agency’s landmark Order 1000, in 2011, which required grid planners and public utilities to coordinate regional power line projects and encouraged the integration of solar and wind installations. The rule also called for regional partners to devise how to spread the costs of certain new transmission projects across the industry."
SEE ALSO:Source: Politico, 05/30/2013